DROITWICH Spa’s long-awaited homecoming is set for the third week of August after the club’s fixtures for the 2022/23 season were released.
The Saltmen will host Cradley Town under the lights in their historic first home game at their new King George V Playing Fields ground on Tuesday, August 16 with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Redevelopment work on the ground began back in August 2021 with Droitwich forced to play their games at Walshes Meadow in Stourport in recent seasons.
Spa are playing in the Midland Football League Division One this term, having achieved promotion to step six for the first time in their history last season.
Droitwich begin the season away at Chelmsley Town on Saturday, August 6 before travelling to Ingles the following weekend with back-to-back home matches against Cradley and Coton Green to follow.
The Saltmen host AFC Bridgnorth in their last game before Christmas on Saturday, December 17 with a trip to Shawbury United awaiting Andy Crowther’s side after the festivities on Tuesday, December 27.
Spa begin 2023 at home to OJM Black Country on Monday, January 2 with their last home game of the season set for Saturday, April 15 against Nuneaton Griff before closing their campaign away at Cradley on Saturday, April 22.
All fixtures are subject to change.
The club recently announced that three players had signed for the club ahead of the 2022/23 campaign with Reece Emmony, Keatley Charles and Matthew Tyler all joining Crowther’s squad.
Emmony, a 20-year-old centre-back, has impressed during pre-season and is known to Spa boss Crowther with the campaign set to be his first experience of step six football.
And fellow 20-year-old Charles arrives from Bustleholme, having impressed against Droitwich in their league meetings last term, scoring six goals in 14 appearances over the course of the campaign.
The player already has links to the club with his father, Andy Keenehan, and uncle, Darren Charles, club stalwarts for many years.
Spa’s third signing, Tyler, brings a wealth of experience in midfield and has previously captained Worcester Raiders where he won promotion in 2018/19.
The club have retained all but one player from their title winning squad last season with Cam Laing the only player to depart after an injury-hit campaign.
Cory Rudd has undergone a successful operation after missing the last quarter of the 2021/22 season with the club hoping he will be available for selection in the autumn.
Droitwich Spa’s fixtures in full
Sat 6th (3pm) vs Chelmsley Town (A)
Sat 13th (3pm) vs Ingles (A)
Tues 16th (7.45pm) vs Cradley Town (H)
Sat 20th (3pm) vs Coton Green (H)
Tues 23rd (7.45pm) vs AFC Bridgnorth (A)
Sat 27th (3pm) vs Stapenhill (H)
Mon 29th (3pm) vs Coventry Copsewood (H)
Tues 6th (7.45pm) vs Bilston Town (H)
Sat 10th (3pm) vs OJM Black Country (A)
Tues 13th (7.45pm) vs Paget Rangers (A)
Sat 17th (3pm) vs Dudley Town (H)
Tues 20th vs Shawbury United (H)
Sat 24th (3pm) vs Wednesfield (A)
Sat 1st (3pm) vs Khalsa FF (H)
Sat 15th (3pm) vs Coventry Copsewood (A)
Sat 22nd (3pm) vs Heath Hayes (A)
Sat 29th (3pm) vs Haughmond (A)
Sat 5th (3pm) vs Wolverhampton S.C (H)
Sat 12th (3pm) vs Ashby Ivanhoe (A)
Sat 19th (3pm) vs Ingles (H)
Sat 26th (3pm) vs Hinckley AFC (A)
Sat 3rd (3pm) vs Paget Rangers (H)
Sat 10th (3pm) vs Wolverhampton S.C (A)
Sat 17th (3pm) vs AFC Bridgnorth (H)
Tues 27th (3pm) vs Shawbury United (A)
Mon 2nd (3pm) vs OJM Black Country (H)
Sat 7th (3pm) vs Coton Green (A)
Sat 21st (3pm) vs Nuneaton Griff (A)
Sat 28th (3pm) vs Ashby Ivanoe (H)
Sat 4th (3pm) vs Hinckley AFC (H)
Sat 18th (3pm) vs Khalsa FF (A)
Sat 25th (3pm) vs Chelmsley Town (H)
Sat 4th (3pm) vs Stapenhill (A)
Sat 18th (3pm) vs Haughmond (H)
Sat 25th (3pm) vs Wednesfield (H)
Sat 1st (3pm) vs Dudley Town (A)
Sat 8th (3pm) vs Heath Hayes (H)
Mon 10th (3pm) vs Bilston Town (A)
Sat 15th (3pm) vs Nuneaton Griff (H)
Sat 22nd (3pm) vs Cradley Town (A)